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SACRED Spring/Summer 2013 at Chelsea Theatre

Good news! Chelsea Theatre’s SACRED Spring/Summer 2013 season is bigger and longer than ever, beginning on Friday 27th March and running until July 6th 2013.

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Kicking off with Dickie Beau’s BLACKOUTS: Twilight of the Idols this Thursday and Friday, 
spectators will get a chance to experience never-before-heard audio footage from Marilyn Monroe’s final interview. Dickie is the first person to have ever been granted full access by journalist Richard Meryman who conducted Marilyn’s final interview published in Life magazine. And whilst bringing to life extraordinary artefacts from Judy Garland as well as Marilyn, Dickie leads the audience on a bewitching adventure in sound as he channels the ghosts of his childhood.

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Other shows include …

Peggy Shaw’s RUFF (4th & 5th April 2013): Following an acclaimed run in New York, this highly personal piece looks at the effects and aftermath of a recent stroke and is a tribute to those who kept Peggy Shaw company for 68 years.

Shelia Ghelani: Rat, Rose, Bird  (25th April 2013), explores empire, colonialism, mortality and love. Subtly mashing up cultures, curios, objects and ideas, the piece is a poetic meditation on farewells, departures, long journeys and ‘the hunt’ for a better life, a better love, a place to drop anchor or a space to claim (finally!) as one’s own.

Stacy Makishi – The Making of Bull: The True Story (20th May) and The Falsettos (24th & 25th May)Chelsea Theatre will be presenting a week-long celebration of Stacy’s work with the return of acclaimed The Making of Bull: The True Story and the world premiere of her new show The Falsettos.

Cross-platform artists Grace Surman and Cathy Butterworth will present a sculptural performance double act in Two Four One One (29th May 2013).

Internal Terrains (1st June 2013): Artist Natasha Davis presents a poetic and sensual performance with film and installations, crows, cages and electric shocks.

An Invitation to Fall (8th June 2013): This free participatory performance will explore the shock of being out of control, the liberation of inelegance, the risk of pain and the jarring of speed changes all inherent in falling.

Richard DeDominici: Anarchitecture in the UK (6th July 2013), explores the rise of punk at the birthplace of punk.

And finally …

Wishful Wednesday: Chelsea Theatre presents a series of lectures from some of the most interesting names in contemporary performance. Wishful Wednesdays is all about hopes, dreams and predictions for future practice, and for the future itself. Speakers include legendary performance artist Franko B (13th March) and Artistic director of National Theatre Wales John McGrath (5th June) as well as Mem Morrison (27th March), Lois Weaver (3rd April), Rajni Shah (10th April), Ernst Fischer (17th April), Kazuko Hohki (24th April), Marisa Carnesky (8th May), Karen Christopher (22nd May) and Robin Deacon (19th June).

If you have read any of my Chelsea Theatre posts, you’ll know that this King’s Road Venue creates experiences that lift you out of your reality and beyond your imagination. You don’t come here to anticipate the obvious but to be wowed by performances that will surprise, entertain and move you.

For more information on SACRED’s Spring/Summer 2013, visit Chelsea Theatre’s website.

Easter Afternoon Tea at Gallery Mess

Last week had been quite a long week and on Sunday, following lunch and as the in-laws made their way into the BADA Art and Antique Fair on Duke of York Square, the bf and I headed to Gallery Mess to wind down.

Gallery MessThe restaurant was already buzzing with folks finishing off their lunch and having afternoon tea. And the great atmosphere was emphasised by the venue’s wonderfully airy space.

When we arrived, we were served the Easter Afternoon Tea menu which included mini sandwiches (smoked salmon, cucumber and egg & cress) …

Gallery MessScones with clotted cream and jam …

Gallery MessAnd an assortment of Easter themed cakes, cookies and Easter eggs.

Gallery MessThe bf was also served a glass of Prosecco Pinot Rosé whilst I asked for a Virgin Mojito Cocktail, which complimented my fresh mint tea. The other teas available on the menu include Assam, afternoon blend, chamomile, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, jasmine, Sencha green and wild berries.

By the time we left, the two-tiers on which our afternoon tea arrived on were completely empty. We enjoyed every morsel, so much so you wouldn’t have guessed that he had had a Sunday pub lunch earlier.

The sandwiches were light and tasty whilst I really enjoyed the passion fruit macarons and the gooey surprise inside the easter egg. The cookie was delicate in a deliciously buttery way – and I enjoyed the cupcake too.

On Sunday afternoon, there was a mixed crowd at Gallery Mess: couples enjoying quality time together; girlfriends catching up; and groups of friends engrossed in each other’s company.

The Easter menu is available until 7th April 2013 and if afternoon tea is something you enjoy, I recommend you try this menu. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon for sure.

Gallery Mess, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY. 020 7730 8135.

*The food and drink were complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

Body Performance Duo by QMS MediCosmetics

You know that time in the year when the sun comes out (for longer than a day) and the tights and jeans are replaced by short skirts and dresses? But then you think dang, my legs and arms look too dry and dull to come out? Well, even though we’re not having the most inspiring springtime I’m already thinking about this moment in hopefully the not too distant future.

I’d prepared my legs and arms for some winter sun before heading off on my Christmas holiday and whilst I continued to moisturise daily upon my return to London, especially after a swim, my skin hasn’t managed to maintain its sun kissed glow from my sunny holiday earlier this year, for obvious reasons: central heating, layers of clothing and the cold weather. So when I was offered a chance to review QMS MediCosmetics‘s Body Performance Duo pack,  I jumped at the chance.

QMS MediCosmeticsYou may have already read my post about my facial at QMS MediCosmetics, so it’s probably not a surprise why I was excited to try more of their products: Dr. med. Erich Schulte’s work in bringing his expertise as an aesthetic skin surgeon to the commercial market has meant developing a skincare range that focuses on skin regeneration without the need for surgery. You can read more here.

The Body Performance Duo package comes with a Pro-Body Exfoliator and Lift-O-Firm body cream …

QMS MediCosmeticsI’ve been using the Pro-Body Exfoliator once a day for almost a week now and my arms are already very smooth and ready for short sleeves. I think my legs need a couple more days for a completely smooth appearance but there is already a vast improvement in their feel.

After using the exfoliator I make sure I rub Lift-O-Firm body cream onto my body and as well as the feel of the products I must also point out that I love their scent. Given the technology that underpins QMS MediCosmetics’s creams, you could be forgiven for expecting a more medical experience but I actually find the aromas very pleasant: there is something quite aqua about the exfoliator and the body cream has a simplicity that is both reassuring and not fussy.

QMS MediCosmeticsSo what is my conclusion from trying these products? Not only am I impressed by the speed at which my skin has recovered from the winter blues but the experience of lathering and moisturising is quite enjoyable because I know I am putting quality ingredients onto my skin. In short, when the sun decides to come out I know all my hard work in the gym can be confidently put on show.

*The products were complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

Blink Brow Bar at Peter Jones

Peter Jones has to be every Chelsea Girl’s favourite department store because if there’s anything you need, there’s a strong likelihood you’ll be able to find it on the corner of Sloane Square. From soft furnishings to electronics, gadgets to designer shampoo, I’ve relied on Peter Jones for plenty of domestic or beauty shopping.

And if you need beauty maintenance before a night out you can also make your way to the first floor, to Blink Brow’s concession stand.

Blink Brow at Peter JonesOn Saturday morning I popped in for a treatment, which included tinting and threading my eyebrows. The beauty therapist was very personable and the chair comfy. It was also the perfect time of the day to drop in (9.45am) because the beauty floor was very quiet and there was no sense of rushing. I’d never considered having my eyebrows treated in a department store before but now it makes sense. If you’re pushed for time and are planning a little shopping, there’s nothing more convenient than grabbing one of Blink Brow’s seats for some beauty maintenance, whilst on the go. I recommend it.

Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EL. For appointments: 0207 881 6379.

*The treatment was complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

The Ship in Wandsworth Has Reopened!

The Ship in Wandsworth has reopened tonight, with its outside area reopening on Friday (8th March 2013). I went along to the preview last night and whilst I didn’t take many photos (there was plenty of catching up with folks to do); I can try to give you a quick rundown of what the renovations mean for this popular riverside pub.

The main part of the pub has had a new lick of paint and looks very good for it whilst the dining area has been extended to include an extra room that could also work for private dining (see photo below).

The Ship WandsworthOutside, the bar has been extended too. Before, the outdoor bar could fit three to four bar staff. Now the new bar will be able to fit ten! This will obviously mean not having to wait at the bar for as long as before. The entire outside is being revamped and it looks like there’ll be a lot more space to move around in. The barbecue area also looks very cool.

All of this will undoubtedly be ready for the opening of the outside area on Friday and with spring clearly here, all I can say is what great timing!

Last night, there was also plenty of food coming from the kitchen. All of which was very good but I have to say hands down, my faves were the burger and chocolate mousse. Seriously, you have to try the chocolate mousse when you come here. I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate mousse that was warm before and with such deep flavours – and the texture? I want more!

If you live in Chelsea and have never been to The Ship (though I think most of my readers have), it’s really not that difficult to get to. The C3 bus from the King’s Road takes you straight there and I promise, it’s definitely worth making a trip down. The Ship is a fabulous local pub by the river, with a great atmosphere, food and crowd. What’s not to like?

The Ship, 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TB